Art in the Lobby

For the Love of Glass: A solo Exhibition

works by Burke Long

February 21 - April 3, 2018


The Photographs

Some years ago, while making pictures in Chicago’s 19th century Fine Arts Building, I discovered a series of closed doors, each one fitted in its top half with decorative, etched glass. Light streaming from interior space behind one door set off floral patterns in bold, yet delicately transparent relief. 

“First light”, I thought, imagining the hands of an artisan-creator as she engraved this surface more than a hundred years ago. Despite its beautiful translucence, the glass seemed both an impenetrable barrier (note the ADT Security Systems marker) and an invitation to enter. Light lured me in. The semi-opaque surface kept me out. I responded not to the barrier, but to the invitation, and made the photograph, “First Light.” 

This unexpected discovery inspired an ongoing photographic exploration of abstract images based on photographs of glass in its many forms—etched, smooth, cracked, intact, blown and twirled into shapely vessels, saturated with swirls of color, painted with light and shadow. I challenge the impression that glass objects are more or less permanent, though of course we know that they can turn to liquid or shatter. 

By creating visual texture and layered dimensionality in a series of digital images, I invite a viewer to forget the surface materiality of glass and enter imaginative worlds of movement, light, color, and shadow. 

The Artist

Burke Long studied photography with Thurston Howes and Elizabeth Bieber at the Maine College of Art. He has shown his work in juried exhibitions such as the annual Maine Photography Show (juror, Tillman Crane); the Harlow Gallery (juror, Bruce Brown); Joy of the Lens at the Topsham Public Library; and Maine College of Art. In 2014, Gallery Framing in Brunswick hosted a solo exhibition, “Questioning Surface Appearances.”

He may be contacted at or (207) 725-8920.

  "Fire Suite 5" Archival inkjet print. Burke Long.

"Fire Suite 5" Archival inkjet print. Burke Long.

About Art in the Lobby

The Call for Art in the Lobby 2017-18 is currently closed. Please check this page later for updates.

Art in the Lobby provides an opportunity for Maine visual artists of various ages, media, and styles to exhibit their work in a high-profile venue. We are committed to the promotion and incorporation of visual arts into our programs and venues, and we are excited to pursue new, multi-disciplinary programs and partnerships.

Each year, a Call to Artists will be open to artists residing in Maine. All work must be original and ready to be presented in a professional manner to the public at the time of delivery.

An exhibition may include one artist or a combination of artists. Eight exhibitions will be included in this time period. Each exhibition will last 5-6 weeks. All applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee. The committee strongly encourages thoughtful group exhibition proposals. The committee may also recommend the combining of one or more proposals. Artists who have applied in the past may re-apply but must submit a new proposal. Decisions will be announced mid-September.

The Maine Film Center will retain a 30% commission on all sales. All sales must go through the Maine Film Center. All sold works must remain on exhibit until the end of the show.

Artists are responsible for delivering their work to Railroad Square Cinema and picking up their work at the end of the show. The Maine Film Center will be responsible for the insurance of work on the premises, and Railroad Square Cinema is equipped with an alarm system.

The Maine Film Center will promote each exhibition via the Maine Film Center and Railroad Square Cinema websites (, Facebook pages, and various marketing materials. All press releases and marketing done by the artist must be approved by the Maine Film Center Executive Director.

All work entered will be considered available for promoting both the exhibition and the Art in the Lobby program as a whole. The Maine Film Center will host an artist reception at the cinema if the artist is interested.